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Ate at Olive Garden and Still was able to do good on Calories - Awesome!

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Today was a stellar good day, I'm sure my sodium intake was a bit high cause everything at Olive Garden is high in sodium - though I cut out about 1000 mg from the salad just by asking for light salad dressing and no croutons -and having my salad dressing on the side and just dipping the fork in with every bite.

I hardly used any salad dressing at all-but it still tasted like it was tossed in it.

I even had 3 servings of Chicken and Gnochi soup, 5 breadsticks, and salad and my calories for the day were about 2200 or so. (Breakfast and dinner was both fruit and make up for the high cal lunch)..

To be honest working out, and my big lunch made me extremely tired when we got home that I fell asleep and when I woke up didn't have much of an appetite but figured I should get a serving or two of fruits in me for good measure.

As for my workout today - I worked like a dog. I burned about 1500 calories, but my workout isn't just cardio but also strength. I use 4 Pull buoys - instead of using them as intended I wrap 2 around each arm if you don't know what they are they look like this:

The one on the left my hand fits through - I make sure the strap is around my thumbs so that it doesn't slip up my arm and so I have the weight at my hands, then I also hold a water dumbell in my hand - then I swim back and forth a few times, I also do butterflies - not the swimming stroke, but the weight lifting all the way up and down the pool. I also move my arms in many different patterns so as to work the most amount of muscles.

I do this for about 3 hours a day 3x per week. I'm definitely noticing it beginning to build some good muscles for me and it is definitely a good workout. I also just walk back and forth as much as I can, sometimes I'll take some weight off to relax my arms for a bit.

Today I made 50 full laps, which is 50 x 50 yards = 7500 feet, or about 1.5 miles. Not too shabby at all. Going to aim for 100 laps by the end of the month even if I need an extra hour to workout.

I do think maybe I should have a bit bigger breakfast though - only a yogurt before my workout didn't seem to be enough. Maybe I'll make some turkey bacon, and add some granola to my yogurt for a bit more of a pick--me-up.

Overall though I'm feeling great about myself, and my weight loss this week has been really good - worked out strong monday, and weds, ate good most days, and I lost 25 pounds for the first month - if I do that for a year that's 250 pounds which is a very decent amount, and who knows I could even do better than that.

I'm excited about this journey and each day I feel better and better about myself, my new choices, and I'm finding that I can still enjoy food, I just need to think more about the choices I make about it and - the most important thing I've learned ---

TRACK EVERYTHING! That is the truly only take-a-way that matters to me about Sparkpeople - the people stopping by and commenting and supporting me is great - but the TRACKERS and ANDROID app are the most important thing to me - I'm learning that tracking = goal keeping. When I track, I can stick to my goals, and I can still enjoy food but make healthier choices too.

The tracking also motivates me to keep doing good, and the more healthy days I have the better I feel about myself. I still have rough days of course, but I try to stay positive, and I know that in a year I will be the healthiest I've been in the last decade. And this: emoticon will be me soon enough!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MNOEL3089 6/16/2011 9:40AM

    I don't know you, but I'm truly motivated by your plan and your determination to change your life. Being overweight is a struggle and losing the weight is just as tough. It's so easy to gain the weight but most importantly as you lose it, learn from what you're seeing yourself do wrong and correct it. I wish you much success and will be checking your progress to help keep me motivated! YOU CAN DO IT! emoticon

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TJHIERS 5/12/2011 8:51AM

    hi there,
way to go on the weightloss, 25 lbs is fantastic ! looks like you are following your plan and that's wonderful... keep up with what you're doing it is working..
keep us posted, we all are rooting for ya !
take care.. emoticon

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TINYDANCER 4/18/2011 4:53PM

    way to go. that is alot of laps

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MYRTROSE 4/11/2011 2:38PM

    Patrick WTG working out so much!
I've definitely headed off track here and I'm realizing that even if I'm not feeling well I can do some exercise every day.
Thanks for the boost!

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MERANDARENEE 4/11/2011 10:39AM

    Very inspiring!! Keep up the hard work!!

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    Love your attitude!

I use the android app too! Makes things so much easier. Way to go on smart choices at Olive Garden.

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ABAKER34 4/7/2011 3:07PM

    Fantastic Job! You are motivating me, thanks so much!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 4/7/2011 2:59PM

    You are doing GREAT! emoticon

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DIANA_IS_BACK 4/7/2011 2:56PM

    You are doing so well and I agree with you about the tracking. Every time I stop tracking is when I run into trouble.

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PATRICKCURL 4/7/2011 2:49PM

    Wow - thanks for all the words of encouragement! I appreciate it tons!

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NEWSGIRL2177 4/7/2011 2:43PM

    That is awesome, Patrick! Yeah, tracking is a BIG thing in my weight loss, too. I may not have lost a lot of weight yet, but I track everything I eat and every move I make to keep me accountable. I'm glad to hear that you've embraced that, too.

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KESHIAG 4/7/2011 9:18AM

    You are inspirational!

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ACCT1908 4/7/2011 9:16AM

    Totally agree with you about tracking. And the android App is the BEST!! NO excuses for me not to track!


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THOMS1 4/7/2011 8:53AM

    I didn't know you could ask for the light dressing and on the side yet. Thanks for the info as Olive Garden is one of my favorite places. (we go about 1 time a year) You are doing very well. Keep up the great job. emoticon emoticon

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GEORGIA_KAY 4/7/2011 8:48AM

    I agree with you, you have to track that food to keep it honest. I track mine everyday and record every bite I put in my mouth--good or bad. I figure, how am I supposed to lose weight if I don't know what I'm eating?

Great job, Patrick!

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    Oh, I'm so glad to know that you can ask for light salad dressing at Olive Garden. That's great!

And you are doing GREAT!!! emoticon

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JOHNWBROCKSR777 4/7/2011 5:25AM


I am so glad to hear that you are doing so well. It is true that some days are better than others. The journey to health continues and will never end. I find many things to gage my progess as I see you are doing as well. Stay the course friend!

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CSDAYS 4/7/2011 2:29AM

    Good job. I'm going out tomorrow and I hope I do as well.
Keep up the hard work. It's a day to day motivation.

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